Sick Puppy

Sick Puppy

A Novel

Book - 2000
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When Palmer Stoat notices the black pickup truck following him on the highway, he fears his precious Range Rover is about to be carjacked. But Twilly Spree, the man tailing Stoat, has vengeance, not sport-utility vehicles, on his mind. Idealistic, independently wealthy and pathologically short-tempered, Twilly has dedicated himself to saving Florida's wilderness from runaway destruction. He favors unambiguous political statements -- such as torching Jet-Skis or blowing up banks -- that leave his human targets shaken but re-educated. After watching Stoat blithely dump a trail of fast-food litter out the window, Twilly decides to teach him a lesson. Thus, Stoat's prized Range Rover becomes home to a horde of hungry dung beetles. Which could have been the end to it had Twilly not discovered that Stoat is one of Florida's cockiest and most powerful political fixers, whose latest project is the "malling" of a pristine Gulf Coast island. Now the real Hiaasen-variety fun begins . . . Dognapping eco-terrorists, bogus big-time hunters, a Republicans-only hooker, an infamous ex-governor who's gone back to nature, thousands of singing toads and a Labrador retriever greater than the sum of his Labrador parts -- these are only some of the denizens of Carl Hiaasen's outrageously funny new novel. Brilliantly twisted entertainment wrapped around a powerful ecological plea, Sick Puppy gleefully lives up to its title and gives us Hiaasen at his riotous and muckraking best.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679454458
0679454454
Branch Call Number: FIC Hiaas 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 341 p

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bheat4141
Jan 29, 2016

Every now and then Hiaasen writes a book that feels like a breath of fresh air, meaning he kept his entertaining style intact but focused on a theme other than Florida/Nature/Political corruption. Or at least every now and then one (or multiple) of those themes is at least muted enough where you can kid yourself that you are reading something different.

This is not one of those books.

It is enjoyable, but for someone who has read a couple of Hiaasen books, look elsewhere if you are looking for any diversity.

TutorialSmith Sep 02, 2015

What can I say? It's Hiaasen. I know the books are all pretty much the same, and they aren't high literature or anything. But what they ARE is highly entertaining. I spent a lot of time in Florida as a child/young adult and I have met the real world echos of many of his characters.

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pitkerro
Jul 24, 2013

Always thrilling to discover "new to me" author - second book of his I've read confirming trending towards addictive.

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pompom826
Aug 30, 2011

This book read like something Janet Evonivich would write if she posessed a higher degree.

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comicgeek
Jan 20, 2011

It is like candy for the brain.

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